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Grateful Dead Live at Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara on 1974-05-25

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Grateful Dead Live at Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara on 1974-05-25

Topics Live concert

U.S. Blues, Mexicali Blues, Deal, Jack Straw, Scarlet Begonias, Beat It On Down The Line, Brown Eyed Women, Me & My Uncle, Sugaree, El Paso, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Around & Around Promised Land, Ship of Fools, Big River, Tennessee Jed, Truckin'-> Let It Grow-> Wharf Rat-> Beer Barrel Polka-> Sugar Magnolia-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> One More Saturday Night, E: Casey Jones

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Campus Stadium, UC Santa Barbara
Location Goleta, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage DAE/reSHN of MSR > Dick Latvala's cass > DAT > mastered to CD-R on an HHB CDR-850> .shn
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Transferred by


DAE/reSHN of previous shn set, via Doug Moog: MSR > Dick Latvala's cass > DAT > mastered to CD-R on an HHB CDR-850> .shn; via Jonathan Miller, Adam Roux; David Hollister reports problems on USB track


Reviewer: Niass200 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2016
Subject: How would I know? it's 2016Where'd The Spinners go.
I spent a nhour putting on all kinds of shows 12 31 79 and I located 13 16 23 during a Dream... etc but none were good for right now so I figured maybe I should listen to another band for a while? But alas me find this. Problem solved. I hate how when you google things mindlessly like archive sbd miller whatever etc 3 shows not 300 as expected come up. RIP David Bowie 1/10/15. A sad day. Today. . He was a genius and a dude.. Did he and Bob ever meet. I give 4 stars but I didn't do my tour of 74 yet. Send a time machine to me attention me, see ya there.
ever meet. Anyways me like this menever heard it but then why don't I listen to all of 74, a project for me.
Reviewer: beatitondownonline - - May 26, 2014
Subject: rockin'
A rip-roarin' great show! Billy is laying it down and and his snare sound is just perfection (as usual) ...crack!!!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2010
Subject: careful you may get burned
smokin' high energy show - another great one in a great year - not a ton of big jams (no DS, TOO or PITB) but really upbeat and, for the most part, great playing. RED HOT versions of Deal, Jack Straw, BEW, BIODTL, Truckin, LIG, Sugar Mags, GDTRFB and one of THE 10 BEST China Cats ever...guaranteed ass shaking grooves here...
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2009
Subject: 5-25-77
Exellent performance. The sound starts off shaky as per usual in this era. By the time you're nearly through the first tracke it is corrected and just keeps getting better. RIP Dick.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" May 25, 1974, at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA, U.S.A.


"Just don't tell'm you know me, shake it sugaree"

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Thanks for the love from 74.
Reviewer: FreePercussion - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2008
Subject: Kreutzmann...
Billy is on fire all through this show--he's pumping energy into the band. Very fun to listen to especially if you're a drummre. That guy is a master. And ya gotta love a US Blues opener.
Reviewer: deadhead999 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2008
Subject: who was there?
I dont see anyone talking about the impending rain and how we all joined hands and sang the rain away...does anyone else remember?
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2008
Subject: This show rocks...
..and the sound is really pretty good. The jam b/w China>Rider is not to be missed for sure. Great Scarlet (Raggae welcomes the Blues in the final jam) and Big River. But really it is all very well done (even if as has been noted the setlist is somewhat "standard") as you might expect of the date.

Reviewer: RFKROX - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2008
Subject: One of the top '74 shows!
This show smokes! Just look at the set lists. 24 songs with sheer energy being played before all those UC Santa Barbara students at Campus Stadium. Other than Donna’s screaming vocals during Scarlet and GDTRFB (typical for this time period), and the minor audio mishaps (particularly, the bass volume at ~2-1/2 minutes) during GDTRFB, all-in-all, it was a great show from 1974. 5 stars for performance, and 4-1/2 stars for overall sound quality. Definitely worth the download.

This show reminds me of the long shows they played in 1973. China Cat > Rider is ridiculous (just sic, man), as are Truckin’, Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia, and GDTRFB. If you like “Steal Your Face” from ’74, then you’ll definitely like this show! Lots of good tight jammin’ by the boys on this one. 1974 was a year when their music had a jazz flavor to it. The China Cat > Rider (easily a top 10) is quite smooth and jazzy, with Jerry, Keith, and Phil smokin’ the whole way! Definitely the highlight of the show! Then again…so is GDTRFB (if you can tolerate Donna’s screaming). If you make a best of ’74 tour, be sure to include this China Cat > Rider for your collection!

I agree with sydthecat…Big River is one of the best versions ever played (Keith just jams on keyboards), as is U.S. Blues (the opener), and Jack Straw. This show reminds me of the 6-9-73 and 6-10-73 shows I attended at RFK Stadium, because it was very hot and played during the afternoon, although it wasn’t nearly as long as those shows (no Allman Brothers).

What’s nice about this show is that the 1st set is as good as the 2nd set. Oftentimes, reviewers are commenting about how good 2nd sets are from certain shows. Well this 1st set cooks, as does the entire concert! Well worth the download! Don’t pass it up! Get it now…you won’t be disappointed, whatsoever! Oh yeah, Saturday Night (top 5) is one of the best versions out there, for sure! Bobby and Donna are jammin' in this one!

Danny from Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.
East-Coast Deadhead

Reviewer: LazyLightnin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2006
Subject: mix
the mix kinda sucks actually, jerrys axe is very muted. you can tell on the first lick of u.s. blues. great show tho.
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2006
Subject: underRated show, My#1 74'er
This show is top knotch Yet contrasted to the usual 74 highlights, including freedom hall, 6/18 and the dicks picks 14, clearly May and June were exciting all together (wonder if they knew it at the time?) contrasted cuzz there aint no Eyes, Other One or Dark Star. they do drive Truckin>Let it Grow>Wharf Rat, not the usual combo, almost a taste of 77. This show just has a wealth of quality work. Opening with the US blues screems fun2come (I always sing Phil's part, how bout you), done the best I've heard, Jack Straw is in it's peak, seems as if they figured out how to play it that night (stronger than any version i've heard since 71, Me & My Uncle, Bobby sais, "I grabbed a bottle, Cracked him in the Jaw" Tennesse Tennesse, there aint no place I'd rather be, And the scarlet is great, less a few screams, heck donna sounds good the rest of the way, the Uncle Johns Jam Between China and Rider and the Sugaree... the band fits very well together this night, something to be proud of.

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Reviewer: tree-ap - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2006
I enjoy '74 quite a bit---Steal Your Face was my introduction to this year. According to the "archives" on DEAD.NET it wasn't all that great in terms of performance & the recording quality. But, as with ALL GD performances, we ALL hear something different, don't we? I also LOVE the GD Movie Soundtrack CD's.
Just a side note here...I realize that not every show has a surviving vault recording, and some shows did have every song recorded, or maybe there were/are technical issues with some songs/recordings. I'd rather GDP release ONLY one show at a time, rather than the compilations of several shows---GD Movie Soundtrack, Steppin' Out from Europe in '72 for example. Also, some of the DP's & download's have filler, just as many of the tapes we all used to collect did. Some of the DP's used only the "highlights" from several shows. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GDP's, if you're listening, release ONLY AS COMPLETE OF A SHOW AS POSSIBLE!!! If there are songs that are NOT included on the CD, then it should be because it was not recorded, or the recording was screwed up. If filler is included on the releases, then it should be of ALL of the surviving material from a particular show that is not COMPLETE. I'm sure there is enough material from shows before '69 when recording equipment was not as good & the possiblity of only a few songs coming out clearly, or a short set/early/late show could be used as filler. Can I get an "AMEN"!!!!!
Anyway, I do not find most of this show to be what most other '74 shows are. It sounded TO ME that they weren't quite together on at least a third of the songs. BUT, it is worthy of your time. I'd give it 3.5 STARS if I could, but 3 will have to suffice when compared to other OUTSTANDING '74's.
Reviewer: sydthecat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2006
Subject: Can we talk?
My audience tape of this is better and a lot more fun! When I listen to it I'm there (although I would have been seventeen at the time and a lot happier than I was at seventeen at the Chicago concert know what I'm sayin'?).

Anyway I've had this show for years and this Latvala special is great but my AUD beats it. Now that being said this show contains my favourite Big River of all time and one of the top China>Riders of the era. Certainly the best of '74. (Oh no here they come!)

Not a heavy space show except for that wildness out of Let it Grow but the whole set list is stellar. Love the Tennessee Jed too.

It just rock rock rocks this one.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2006
Subject: China>Rider>Around & Around
What a finale for a solid first set. Second set is wonderful and just right sounds like it was a great day there from my man's description.

*** Truckin is immense and worth the d/l alone - one of the best ever played. Let it Grow is short (for this period) but really HOT.
Reviewer: DEADBUCK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2006
Subject: I wouldbut....
I cant seem to see that this is Downable. Is there another version here?
Reviewer: kingdork - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2006
Subject: Good show
I really enjoyed this one.

Download for sure!
Reviewer: shockman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2006
Subject: My birth with the dead
UCSB, 5/25/74. My first dead show. Brother passed out, my pal, our ride, busted for indecent exposure. Blonde bikini babe with bag of buds and bamboo bazooka bong. I'm the only memory for this mythic show.I can see,smell,& hear every moment. Purple weather balloon spewing purple gas. Sheriff's mounted on horse back. Clown face speaker stacks smiling in the wind. The twilight zone had opened up and sucked me inside. Haven't been the same since...thank god! Have a board tape of this show. Yeah..opening act was Commander Cody and Lost Planet Airmen, Maria Muldar, then Blue Grass Band
W/ Garcia...Just can't download it from this site.
Reviewer: fugdog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2006
Subject: Giant Sound
One of three great UCSB shows in the stadium. Opening act in 1974 was not New Rider (that waas in 1973). Maria Muldaire and Great American String Band(with Jerry) opened the show.
Reviewer: bootleg43 - favorite - January 10, 2006
Subject: Under Rated Indeed
I don't have much time but you need to stream this for the Scarlet Begonias, the China Rider, and the second set jam. This is a China Rider for the ages and is HANDS DOWN the best version ever, of the 74 style versions. Jerry crackles. If you know someone who doesn't quite yet "get" Jerry Garcia and the boys then play him this China Rider. They will never be the same and you will have done your good deed for the day.
Reviewer: rallycastro - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2005
Subject: I was there........
I barely remember this wonderful experience....It was 100 degrees in the afternoon sun. The New Riders of the Purple Sage finished their set followed by a classic Dead show. I always felt 1974 was a special year for the Greatful Dead with the Wall of Sound.....This is a show for the archives.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2005
Subject: Dancing delight
Grateful Dead standards played very well in this afternoon gig. This show cooks. Deal is bright and snappy, energizing Jack Straw. An uptempo Scarlet, faster than most, follows. Even Browned Eyed Women is quick. The energy continues all the way through to a jumpy, bouncing One More Saturday Night, tighter than most. This was a dancing show if there ever was one.
Reviewer: bigboypeete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2005
Subject: strong show
strong show with good sound, strong wharf rat
Reviewer: Gentz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2004
Subject: Somewhere In My History
There are a few huge moments in my dead history that are truly historic. One is that when I was born the Dead were playing the Garden on 4/12/82. Two is listening Turn on Your Lovelight and Casey Jones on Skeletons From the Closet a stolen copy from my brother. The third was not being able to sleep when I found the GD Hour on a public radio station in Harrisburg, PA playing this show somewhere in late 96 or early 97. I had heard the Labor Temple 69 show, a couple weeks later and that contrast just blew me away. Now that I am giving all my 300+ tapes away, and somehow those two are missing from the batches--stolen or just plain ran into the ground--I have to say that I love this show, its simple list of songs and good playing, and just a good-old 74' show.
Thanks for playing...
Reviewer: gankmore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2004
Subject: wow
Great 74, great mix, great recording. Thanks Dick!
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